The Ford GT & 68 Heritage edition honors the Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 chassis # 1075 – which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968 and 1969.
Ford makes limited quantities of the GT & # 39; 68 Heritage Edition for the model years 2019 and 2020
The Golf celebrates its 50th anniversary of its first Le Mans victory and together with Ford, the Ford GT40 has produced the new Ford GT & 68 Heritage edition for the model years 2019 and 2020. The Heritage Blue with Heritage Orange paint system honors the Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 chassis # 1075 – which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968 and 1969.
The Ford GT & 68 Heritage Edition was officially launched at the Rolex Historic Reunion event on the Laguna Seca race track in California by Ford's Joe Hinrichs and Gulf's Ravi Chawla. The car took its place in a specially designed garage, which portrayed the 50-year span of success and in which Gulf-Ford GT40 # 1075, the real Le Mans-winning car from 1968 and 1969, was on display.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford's executive vice president and president, said: "According to many, oil in the Gulf Oil is the most famous in motorsport, propelled by the GT40 from 1968, which quickly became a global sensation after Ford had not defeated its European competitors. but four times in a row, we wanted to emphasize the racing-inspired aerodynamic lines of the new Ford GT with the Gulf colors, while remaining faithful to the original GT40 Le Mans winner. "
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The Ford GT & 68 Heritage edition features the famous Heritage Blue exterior with Heritage Orange graphics and is offered with an optional carbon a-pillar and roundel with # 9 graphics on both the hood and the doors. The car has unique, high-gloss dark, stainless steel 20-inch forged aluminum wheels in one piece with black wheel nuts. Orange calipers and silver rear-view mirrors complete the look.
The Limited-edition Ford GT has exclusive interior colors, materials and appointments. Ebony Alcantara is widely used throughout the interior. Contrasting blue and orange stitching accentuate the seats and steering wheel with a new seat profile inspired by the original & # 39; 68 Le Mans winning car, as well as clear and polished anodized paddle shifters. High-gloss deep pink applications are used on the instrument panel, door register edges and x-brace complete the look.
The Heritage edition has a unique serial number plate and matte carbon door thresholds, air registration pods and center console. Limited quantities will be available for the model years 2019 and 2020 and for 2020 the package will include an optional No. 6 in honor of the Le Mans winner of 1969.
Ravi Chawla, MD of Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd, stated: "We are delighted to be working with Ford to help the GT Edition from the Golf edition become a reality. The Ford Marque has played an important role in creating the place in the legendary car and car racing of Gulf, the same applies in the opposite direction "
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